revmatt's top 40 songs August 14, 2011 This summer I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked, but I did start listening to music more intently again. Mostly when I am driving and running. So, I decided to compile my top 40 song list. It was both a simple and difficult task. Compiling was easy. Ranking them was tough. These aren't necessarily the "best" songs ever recorded, but they are my favorites. Interestingly, if I were to select my favorite albums, rather than songs, the list would be altogether different. For example, some of my favorite albums are the Grey's Anatomy soundtracks, but only one song from three albums made this list. Why these are my favorite songs is a mixed bag. Some of them speak to me deeply on a spiritual or emotional level. Others have been very influential at different points in my life. And the rest just rock! I was also surprised in the end that this is a pretty serene list overall, even though there are several different genres. So here's the list from 1 to 40: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding Blue Boat Home - Peter Mayer Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) - Green Day Landslide - Dixie Chicks Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy Imagine - John Lennon Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers Amazing Grace - Ani DiFranco You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye By My Side - [Godspell] Elizabeth Sastre and Jacqueline Dankworth Piano Man - Billy Joel I Am The Walrus - The Beatles The Long Way Around - Dixie Chicks One of Us - Joan Osborne Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin Nowhere Man - The Beatles Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles A Day In The Life - The Beatles Swimming To The Other Side - Emma's Revolution Hallelujah - k.d. lang I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John Holy Now - Peter Mayer Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills & Nash Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel Can't You See - The Marshall Tucker Band Truth No. 2 - Dixie Chicks Graceland - Paul Simon Chasing Cars [Acoustic] - Snow Patrol Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - The Beatles Puff, The Magic Dragon (Live) - Peter, Paul & Mary Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley House of the Rising Sun - The Animals Love Shack - The B-52's The Christians And The Pagans - Dar Williams Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Jewel Jericho Road - Joan Baez

Rev. Dr. Matt Tittle

Rev. Matt is a Unitarian Universalist minister and author.

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